The Motif of Initiation in V. Rasputin's Prose

Vasilina А. Stepanova
2018 Journal of Siberian Federal University  
This article analyzes the recurring motif of initiation penetrating V. Rasputin's creative works. There are three types of initiation: the incorporation of others in the community, growing up of a child and getting a spiritual status (shamanism). The initiation of a child becoming a full-fledged member of the community is more common for the writer's prose. The initiation of children (under 7 years old) is accompanied by getting connection with the natural source: it happens when a child faces
more » ... when a child faces death or the elements. The initiation of adolescent girls does not appear at all or occurs on the order of others, it does not help to acquire a new status and get the feminine essence. The initiation of boys is presented in different ways, however, in the later prose boys are not able to transform into adults. The rite involves the formation of the traditional, i.e. (in the context of V. Rasputin's prose) patriarchal type of the character, whose appearance in the crisis period is impossible, because the type itself is doomed, it is not viable.
doi:10.17516/1997-1370-0242 fatcat:wyrfvtixyba6ljofcdlpigv2su